Thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana are staging a sit-in protest at the border points of New Delhi. The protest has left the farmers in such a state that they are demanding a complete rollback of the new reform laws and also a guarantee on the MSP. Even there were many fatalities of the farmers in this protest. The fact is that the farmers are primarily concerned with the prices they get.
The reasons behind the protest
Verily, agriculture is a state subject. But the distrust for the government is such that at any cost the farmers are not ready to accept the assurances of the Prime Minister at face value. The Prime Minister recently claimed that the opposition has been leading the nation on the farm bills. Whereas, the fact is, that the three ordinances which have been approved by the Parliament do not make any mention of doing away with the MSP. The farmers are demanding that MSP must be made into a legal right.
Rihanna and Thunberg’s tweet kicks up a storm
The International pop star Rihanna’s tweet left social media polarized. She tweeted that” why aren’t we talking about the farmer’s protest”? Her post which had a report on the internet ban at the protesting sites was widely been shared which lead to a global outpouring of support. Even many people thanked her for such support as in the era where political leadership is lacking, she has stepped forward. Also, Greta Thunberg, the climate campaigner, raised her voice against the internet shutdowns in Delhi. She tweeted that” we stand in solidarity with the Indian farmers protest.” The way she extended her support to the farmers’ protest was beyond praise in the whole social media.
The 15-hour discussion on the farmers’ protest in the parliament
In a breakthrough today, the government agreed to discuss the farmers’ protest which will take place in the Rajya Sabha. But the truce was short-lived as the disruptions forced the first adjournment of the day when three members of the Aam Aadmi Party kept shouting slogans. Over 16 opposition parties had demanded a 5-hour standalone discussion. Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress stated that the time would be extended if the discussion doesn’t happen before the Motion of Thanks. But the government has offered to make amendments while refusing to take back the laws which intend long-pending agricultural reforms.
The PolicyTimes Suggestions
- The government must look into the facts well so that the bills do not render the MSP procurement system which is the biggest fear of the farmers.
- Farmers are the ones who provide us food to eat and truly they are the backbone of our society. If they are tortured, then without the food, the world would slowly die. So, strict laws must be ensured to end the protest peacefully by giving the farmers their appropriate rights.